News from in & around Green Mountain brought to you by Ward 4 City Councilors
Barb Franks and Dave Skilling
Ward 4 Monthly Meeting – Next Meeting June 9
Ward 4 Town Hall Meetings are held monthly on 2nd Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Green Mtn. Presbyterian Church (Alameda & Mississippi).
Meeting Agenda: The meeting will start with introductions, updates on recent happenings and upcoming events, and will be followed by an open forum where the community can share updates, kudos and/or concerns, and ask questions.
Community and Business…
LAWSUIT AGAINST LAKEWOOD REGARDING ALTA GREEN MOUNTAIN (260 APARTMENTS)
We have heard from many of you regarding questions and concerns about this project, and as a council we also held an executive session to get legal advice from City Attorney Tim Cox as well as outside counsel. It is important to note that while we have both been vocal about the M-E-S zoning, the council acts as a body. The most recent update is that various motions have been filed by all parties in the case. Those motions are currently pending. Refer to this website to learn more from those in opposition to the project: www.260apartments.com. In addition, citizens are encouraged to reach out to Wood Partners directly about the Alta Green Mountain project.ROONEY VALLEY
The joint Lakewood / Morrison Commission voted 5 to 1 (Commissioner Hollander, of Lakewood, was the sole “no” vote) to approve the developer’s proposed development plan for approximately 350+ acres (Red Rocks Ranch). The plan allows for approximately 1,300 housing units, and approx. 40 acres of commercial space. The Morrison Town Board voted in favor of the proposal on May 31st. They also approved the application to disconnect from Morrison and into unincorporated Jefferson County.Lakewood has formally notified Morrison that the disconnection (as proposed) would breach agreements between the two municipalities, including the most recent Intergovernmental Agreement and the Rooney Valley Master Plan. Morrison residents have also submitted a petition with the Town to have the residents (of Morrison) vote on zoning the entire parcel commercial. Whether the petition will result in a vote of the people is unclear. We will continue to update the public on these issues as they unfold.
Remember, public comment is welcome and encouraged at regular meetings and study sessions. At regular meetings public comment is taken on any topic and at study sessions it is taken on the agenda items only.
Below is a brief summary of upcoming Council meetings and study sessions, which does not include all agenda items. If the meeting is less than 10 days out, both an agenda and meeting packet will be downloadable. Keep in mind meeting agendas can change so be sure to check the agenda using the link above before the meeting date.
Monday, June 04, 2018 – 7 p.m.: Study Session
PART II–MUNICIPAL FUNDING AND STORMWATER FUNDING
Monday, June 11, 2018 – 7 p.m.: City Council Meeting
Presentation – Sustainable Neighborhoods Program-Recognition of Newly Certified Neighborhoods
Resolutions – Appointing Members to boards, commissions and committees
1st Reading Ordinance – Sign Code Update (no public comment on 1st readings)
2nd Reading Ordinance – Adopting Building Code Update
Monday, June 18, 2018 – Canceled Study Session
Monday, June 25, 2018 – 7 p.m.: City Council Meeting
Presentation – City Sister Delegation
1st Reading Ordinance – Approving Historic Preservation Commission’s Landmark Designation – Hospice of St. John’s Site
2nd Reading Ordinance – Sign Code Update
Monday, July 02, 2018 – 7 p.m.: Study Session
Presentation – Accessibility Training-James Mace
Defining Half-Terms for Council Members
Find out what kinds of projects Lakewood’s Street Maintenance division works on and how you can navigate the cone zones.
On this episode of Spotlight on Lakewood, Mayor Adam Paul learns how residents can use Request Lakewood to report graffiti, and why it’s so important to report it.
Community and Business…
Alameda Gateway Community Association Community Meeting
Wednesday, June 6, 7:30-9 AM at Whole Foods Belmar
Meeting Agenda: City of Lakewood Update, a Belmar Update, Public Safety information from the Lakewood Police Department, Economic Development Updates from City of Lakewood,
and Dr. Jason E. Glass, Ed.D., Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent will speak. Please note:
Alameda Gateway is partnering with Zero Waste Services to make the next meeting zero waste event. ZWS would like to encourage everyone to bring their own coffee mug to help eliminate waste.
Family Nature Programs – Free
June 30 – Busy Beavers
July 28 – Nature Tangles
“Explore all the nature Lakewood has to offer in these FREE Family Nature Programs! Hiking, interactive activities, and so much more are offered on these programs. So come out and see the wild side of the city! Locations vary and will be sent via email once registered so please register with your email. Registration required.”
Go to this page, and click on “Ward Meetings” links to sign up for meeting reminders.
40 West ArtLine – 4 Miles, 70 New Art Works
Check it out any time, and be sure to mark your calendar for June 9, at noon, when Mayor Paul will officially dedicate the 40 West ArtLine during the Mountair Park Community Farm Fiesta. https://www.40westartline.org/A Little Help – Volunteer Opportunity – Jeffco Service Saturday
Saturday, June 9
Looking for an outdoor volunteer event, look no further. Click here for all the details.
And if you know someone who may need “a little help” maintaining their yard, doing household chores, getting to doctor appointments, etc., check out this link.
Neighborhood Participation Program Grants
The deadline for applying for the 2019 program year is September 21, 2018. http://lakewood.org/Planning/Neighborhoods/Neighborhood_Participation_Program/Neighborhood_Participation_Program.aspx
“The City of Lakewood offers grants of up to $60,000 to qualifying Lakewood neighborhoods through its Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP). Neighborhood organizations are encouraged to apply for funds to build projects they believe would make a difference in improving their neighborhood. Examples of projects built through the Neighborhood Participation Program include:
Sidewalk and bike path connections.
New playground equipment and picnic facilities in neighborhood parks.
Sidewalk ramps for people with disabilities.
West Metro Chamber – Union Corridor Professionals Lunch Meetup
June 13 11:30 AM -1:00 PM
Event Description (from the website):
Join us for a fun, informal lunch at 240 Union, where you can network with fellow professionals from the Union Corridor. Each attendee will pay for their own meal, and will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to the group. Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 12.
About the Union Corridor Professionals Group:
The Union Corridor Professionals Group is a geographical area exclusive group within the West Metro Chamber, dedicated to fostering and promoting business relationships along the Union Corridor. This group meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at St. Anthony’s Hospital, and is dedicated to helping the business community connect and collaborate with each other. The group offers business spotlight speaking opportunities to each member and regular updates from local officials (Lakewood Economic Development, Lakewood PD & West Metro Fire).
Boards and Commission Openings Advisory Commission for an Inclusive Community (ACIC): The ACIC currently has several openings for unexpired terms. Members of the ACIC serve in an advisory role to the Lakewood City Council. In this advisory role, ACIC members research specific issues or topics of interest to the citizens of Lakewood and make recommendations to City Council regarding those issues for potential action. Members should plan to attend a minimum of two meetings a month; a Full Commission Meeting and a committee meeting. Applicants must attend both an ACIC full commission meeting and an individual committee meeting before submitting an application. Visit www.lakewood.org/ACIC for more information.
Deadline to apply: Until filled
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Lakewood Historical Society is always looking for members, program ideas, etc. www.historiclakewood.org
RTD is seeking individuals to serve on the following two committees:
1. RTD Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities
2. Access-a-Ride Paratransit Advisory Committee
Details can be found at: www.rtd-denver.com/ada.shtml
Where do you find inspiration? The deadline to submit nominations is July 13.
Jeffco Public School News
Read the latest edition of the Key Communique newsletter, includes the following topics and more….
How Should Jeffco Public Schools Engage with the Community? Meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Lakewood High School student Jocelyn Holman, took second place with her team (#4499) at the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship in Houston.Read more.
Warren Tech fire science, criminal justice, forensic science, and building trades students team up with fire investigators, Rob Sprenkle and Mark Campbell, to get some real-world experience in arson crime scene investigation. Read more.
Alameda Jr./Sr. High School students competed in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 2018 Technology Student Association Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics & Science. Read more.
Author Gary Hogg (of Charlie Bacon fame) conducted workshops with Green Gables Elementary students. Read more.
Lakewood High School Theatre Company students headed to the University of Oklahoma’s highly-selective Helmerich School of Drama. Read more.
Stay up to date on Jefferson Public School news, alerts, events by downloading the new app.
Congratulations to all the 2018 Sustainability Award Recipients
Sign up to receive Lakewood’s Sustainability newsletter, or contribute your skills and knowledge by joining the Sustainability Cooperative (SCOOP).
Tell us or show us what you are doing to be more sustainable, so we can feature the ideas (with or without your name, in an upcoming newsletter.
Watch this informative video to learn more about Jeffco Problem-Solving Courts
Do you have an issue, event, tip or an inspirational story or picture to share? Send us an email for consideration in an upcoming newsletter. Be sure to include permission to use any names or likenesses.
Lakewood Rides http://www.lakewood.org/LakewoodRides/
From the website: “Lakewood Rides offers door-through-door transportation for Lakewood residents 60 years of age or better and those with disabilities of any age. We provide transportation for grocery shopping, Volunteers of America dining site, medical appointments and various personal needs.”
~Barb: Thanks in large part to Councilor Skilling’s efforts, the fee assessed developers when parkland is not dedicated, which had not been updated in 30+ years, has been raised to fair market value. Councilor Skilling shares the details below and you can find the complete ordinance (O-2018-4) here.
Switching gears, my bees swarmed over the Memorial Holiday weekend. I am thankful the ladies took flight while I was at home so I could watch the event. The sight was spectacular and sound was amazingly calming. Unfortunately I was so mesmerized I failed to get video. The queen landed in one of my trees a few feet from the hive, albeit about 25-30 feet up. As luck would have it a local beekeeper in the Lockwood subdivision was willing and able to catch the swarm from their high perch. [Thinking of keeping backyard bees, be sure to check out the Apiaries (Bees) Urban Agriculture Handout on the City website.]
~Dave: The fee in lieu ordinance was finally updated (and passed unanimously) with a collaborative effort and the dedication of some very involved citizens. The updates included substantially raising the amount of money required from developers in those situations where the city determines a fee may be paid in lieu of parkland dedication. Another big change is that every development of 15 acres or more is ineligible for a fee in lieu, meaning significant portions of land dedications will be required in all circumstances in those large developments. We will discuss these long overdue updates in greater detail at the Ward meeting on June 9th. Please also feel free to contact us directly with any specific questions.
The process of updating and revising the fee in lieu ordinance exposed what I believe to be some inefficiencies in the way our legislation is drafted. In response, I proposed the creation of a new Council committee that will draft proposed revisions to the Lakewood Zoning Ordinance and other changes as part of the Development Dialogue. If approved, this committee will spearhead the initial drafting process. This means Council will have direct oversight – from start to finish – over the proposed legislation. Working collaboratively with representatives from city staff, we can streamline the adoption of much-needed changes to zoning, parking, and the other important topics that comprise the Development Dialogue.
I look forward to seeing and talking with you all soon at our next meeting!
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